Looking back at the Sea Otter Classic

Call it a bike show, bike race or just a fun place to hang out, there’s always plenty of new products to discover at the Sea Otter Classic

Not to be outdone by the expensive carbon bikes on hand, Sage impressed the moneyed set with a $20,000 version of their titanium road bike that was built with an array of expensive and lightweight, German-made components and hit the scale at 13.2 pounds.

The Canadian bike brand Argon 18 was happy to walk us around their new gravel bike, the Dark Matter.

On page 22 you’ll find a production version of the new Ibis Hakka MX rolling on 700c wheels that we’ll be riding in Dirty Kanza. At the Sea Otter, Ibis had this custom- painted version that rolled on the optional 650b wheels.
Harkening back to the days of the Softride and Girven suspension stems, Redshift had a steady stream of people in their booth checking out their aluminum ShockStop suspension stem that offers 20mm of travel and is available in five lengths and sells for $139.
Redshift also displayed this suspension seatpost that provided 35mm of articulating travel. The $160 seatpost offers adjustable preload to fine-tune the ride.
Originally famous for their line of single-speeds, Spot has done an impressive job jumping into the geared bike market. And to prove the point, they were showing off their version of a gravel bike that’s based on a frame built by Allied Bicycles in Arkansas.
If there is one segment of the accessory market that has exploded in popularity of late, it would be with socks. Mint is the newest brand to jump in feet first with a variety of eye-pleasing models.
Syncros is the house brand of accessories for Scott Bikes, and their growing line of cages and tools required a close-up look for anyone with a hankering for some adventure riding.
While Niner made a few waves last year when they exhibited a full-suspension concept gravel bike that was basically one of their mountain bikes with a drop handlebar, this year they created a tidal wave of discussion with a new ground-up designed prototype.
The front of the Niner gravel bike was sporting a high-end Rock Shox RS1 fork. The modified short-travel, inverted fork uses a carbon fiber upper and 15mm thru-axle.
Niner wasn’t giving out too many details about the bike, but we guessed the X-Fusion shock wouldn’t need more than 40mm of rear-wheel travel to match what looks to be 40mm up front.

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